Cruise trends in 2020

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Following the trends forecasted by ABTA for the travel industry as a whole, today just about Travel turns its attention to just one part of the holiday industry – that or ocean and river cruising which have been one of the fastest growing sectors over the last few years.

the huge Odyssey of the Seas which an carry over 5,000 passengers in Sydney Harbour in November 2019 about to set off on a seven day cruise in the Pacific Ocean

The Cruise Lines International association (CLIA) has published the trends it has spotted along with its forecasts for 2020.

The first trend it highlights is that the cruise industry as a whole is steaming (sorry, couldn’t resist the pun) towards newer technologies so that steaming and its old fashioned coal and bunker oil images are becoming a thing of the past as it invests and embraces cleaner fuels. It is looking at a reduction of 40% in carbon emissions by 2030 using 2008 as its baseline. Using LNG (liquefied natural gas) as a fuel reduces sulfur emissions to virtually zero, reduces particulates’ emissions by 95-100% and reduces nitrogen emissions by 85% as well as reducing greenhouse emissions by 20%. At present 44% of ships on order will be LNG powered.

In 2020 it forecasts that more and more passengers (about 65%) will want to stay for a few days at a destination rather than just eight to twelve hours as they want to explore more of each destination.

More and more cruise lines will cater for between three and five day cruises as more passengers opt for shorter but more often breaks.

Aware that more singles are cruising, cruise lines will be offering more studio cabins, eliminating single supplements and providing more activities for singles.

CLIA forecasts that 32 million people will cruise in 2020 against a projected volume of the thirty million that cruised in 2019 and that this will be assisted by the fact that nineteen new cruise ships will be launched in 2020 adding to a fleet that already consists of 278 vessels (spread amongst 55 cruise lines) around the world.

Once again the Caribbean and the Mediterranean will see the largest number of cruises offered to potential passengers and these two areas provide almost half of all the cruise destinations that are available in the world.

North Americans will continue to make up the largest group of cruise passengers with people from Western Europe making up the second largest grouping. Between them, they constitute about two-thirds of all cruise passengers.

Cruise passengers are very loyal with 82% of them saying that they will book another cruise. Just about Travel has found in its surveys that passengers are also loyal to a cruise line although CLIA doesn’t offer any insight on this subject.

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